The man who is most responsible for any success the Seahawks have had in Seattle over the last 22 years, owner Paul Allen, made a difficult and disheartening announcement on Monday that he has started treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the second time in the last decade. Here is Allen’s full announcement which he posted on his website:
I learned recently that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that I was treated for in 2009 has returned. My team of doctors has begun treatment of the disease and I plan on fighting this aggressively.
A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009. My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I.
I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past. I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment.
I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family and friends. And I’ve appreciated the support of everyone on the teams and in the broader community in the past, and count on that support now as I fight this challenge.
Go Seahawks! Go Blazers!
The 65-year-old Allen purchased the Seahawks in 1996 in order to keep them in Seattle after Ken Behring started to make plans to move the team to Southern California. He bought the Seahawks for $200 million and as of 2018, they are estimated to be worth over $2.5 billion. His contributions, not just financially but also as a hands-off owner who would rather keep the decisions to the people who know the sport best, are a huge reason for the successes they’ve had over the past two decades.
Let’s all hope for the best during a difficult challenge for Mr. Allen.